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For jazz, blues, or rock, this beauty has a sweet sound you won't find elsewhere.

The Gibson ES-335 Reissue Electric Guitar is about the most versatile guitar you can have. Classic semi-hollowbody design and dual '57 Gibson Classic humbuckers combine to produce everything from full-bodied growls to singing sustain. The ES-335 also features a thin tapered 1960s neck and rosewood fingerboard (24-3/4" scale), body/neck binding, nickel-plated hardware with Grover heads, Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, separate volume and tone controls, and a 3-way switch. Includes case.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features

  • Classic semi-hollowbody design
  • Dual '57 Classic Gibson humbuckers
  • Thin tapered '60s neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Nickel hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Separate volume and tone controls with 3-way switch
  • Includes case

You've been lusting after one of these since you were 15. Go ahead, take the plunge, you won't regret it.

 
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GibsonES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish
 
4.4

(based on 27 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good feel (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (9)
    • Practicing (8)
    • Recording (8)
    • Small venues (5)
    • School bands (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (8), Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Gibby ES 335 Plain Top Antique Burst 2011

    I don't have any serious issues, well, OK, the Grover Tuners are stiff compared to tuners that are on my Paul. I hear a string (G) hanging up during tuning, but...Read complete review

    I don't have any serious issues, well, OK, the Grover Tuners are stiff compared to tuners that are on my Paul. I hear a string (G) hanging up during tuning, but I'll take care of that. Top the first time I had an axe do this.
    Always wanted one, had a clone made by Crestwood back in the 70's, remember them? Shopped around, saw the usualy ones out there @ Guitar Center and the onlines stores. Found a Dot Plain Top sitting up high at a Best Buy in Ann Arbor. An appliance store of all places. Visually stuniing with excellent fit and finish. Neck perfect, low, and no buzzes. The clerck told me thats why it was 20 ft in the air, let the hackers and newbies dink w/ the other instruments. THe case was a piece of work too, a Gibson "Custom" case that fit like a glove, that has a silk like cover cloth that goes over the top of the guitar before the case is closed. This is a sweet, solid woodly smooth tone jazz comping machine. It also has a growl and raspyness when usewd w/ a pushed tube amp. Hell, any amp works well with this dude. I am throughly impresses and satisfied w/ this fine instrument from Gibson. The best part, and totally unexpected was they discounted the thing hundreds below all the big boys, like MF, GC, SweetW, SA< etc. No it's not a second, all the paperwork was there including the Gold Warantee. I just lucked out. It was made in Feb of 2011, so been there for a while. Hell, they had 3 Gibsons hanging up high in their shop, the rest were shecters, fenders, Epi's and the usual 199-700 guitar lines that come from outside the USA, which by the way, some played great. Modern manufacturing has really helped these manufacturers put out a decent Guitar. But most of us can see and hear the difference when stepping up to a higher quality instrument that requires much more attention to the detailed handwork they receive during there manufacture. I was looking at a Washburn 335 clone, and it was a gem to, but someone got it before me, then a freak trip to the AA Best Buy to get a Roland JS-8 (cause GC didn't have one in stock!) brought me to the Gibby. Fate & Credit Card = Acqusition. Get one, no regrets on any Gibby's to this date. Gooday, Mate!
    Watch the you tube video on how these are made in their custom shop.
    Some models are a little overpriced, but hey, thats a personal issue. You want a flame or burl/quilt in you axe, then its up to the buyer how much its worth to them, and no one else.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Too little for Too much

    As others have stated, I have added locking tuners, and it didnt help.
    I am adding graphite saddles and filing the nut to see if I cant keep the strings from...Read complete review

    As others have stated, I have added locking tuners, and it didnt help.
    I am adding graphite saddles and filing the nut to see if I cant keep the strings from binding up.
    This guitar WILL NOT stay in tune from the factory, so if you buy one...know you will have to invest in some upgraded parts to keep it in tune.
    On stage I have to tune after every single song.
    This guitar also scratches extremely easy, this is after keeping a great wax on it...the Nitrocelulose finish is just going to do that and its a trade off for tone and sustain.
    But if you play this it will not stay mint nomatter what you try to do.
    That being said the tone is incredible, nothing comes close to the tone and thats what you are looking at buying one of these for right?
    I am hoping that the improved saddles and nut file job will make this a usable guitar, if not I will just have to use it less and know I will be tuning after every song.
    ALSO Gibson cheaps out and offers nothing these days as far as case candy, only the COA and warranty card in the case...thats it!

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    1.0

    Best sounding Guitar I never owned!

    By Big Rand

    from Traverse City Michigan

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

    Bought one of these 2 days ago brand new from my local Gibson Dealer. Awesome tone! There is no better overall sounding guitar IMHO. The real deal. 57 Classics have tone to die for. Beautiful Red Laquer, like holding history in your hands. Took it home and plugged it in. I was amazed by the tone. Playability was a bit off so I took it to my local Pro Luthier for a second opinion. Seems it had a slight hump in the neck where it joined the body that would not allow the action to be set correctly. No problem so far he says, straighten the neck a bit, raise the bridge and file the few high frets. He removed the truss rod cover and found that the truss rod was already tightened to the breaking point. he said he would not dare tighten it any tighter as it could snap. Relief was at .014 on the Bass side. This was obviously noticed at the factory when it was shipped out. The nut looked almost rounded off. So much for "pleking". Then he measured the relief on both sides of the neck. .007 more on the bass side. (.007 Treble-.014 bass) The neck was also twisted. The neck was also set at such a deep angle that the bridge had to be screwed almost flush with the body for correct height. I was pretty dismayed. If I didn't know better, I would think I had bought a cheap Countefiet. Add this to sloppy grover tuners that seemed like they were off of a cheap Epiphone, Poor quality neck binding, sloppy Gibson inlays on headstock and dots on the neck. I returned it to the dealer who was more than cooperative. I'm sure Musicians Friend would have taken it back with no trouble. But what an overpriced guitar. I had an Epiphone Sheraton with Real PAF Gibson 57's in it that I now wish I would have kept. I'm appaled that Gibson would let this guitar out the door.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent tone, quality

    By LVMusicman

    from Las Vegas, Nevada

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

      Musicians Friend is GREAT. Have ordered many items. They truly want to have satisfied customers.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Gibson Finish is going down hill

      By Not Happy

      from South Carolina

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

      I was excided to receive my new 335 until I opened the case, The finish was about as bad as a new guitar could be sanding marks were so bad had to send back and the smell was overwhelming the lacquer must not have been cured. Musicians friend sent me another no problem but this one not much better disappointed no doubt. I didn't want to go through the hassle to send back I am done with Gibson. one more thing Musicians friend said they checked this one before it shipped. They are not the company they were. Unsure if I will deal with them anymore.

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      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Good Good!

      By YG

      from Boston MA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands

        Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

        Certainlly, That is really Good.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One week later

        By loudmusic

        from Phoenix

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

          I've had it long enough to write a more comprehensive review.

          First, the folks at MF are fantastic. The guitar had been setup by a tech at MF and was playable right out of the box. All I had to do was oil the nut.

          The best part is the actual guitar. It sounds, feels and plays amazing. I had a 335 back in the early 70's and I had been wanting one for a while. This is a top notch, professional guitar. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to play the blues!

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          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Too little for Too much

          By Billy Blaze

          from Springtown, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording

            Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

            As others have stated, I have added locking tuners, and it didnt help.
            I am adding graphite saddles and filing the nut to see if I cant keep the strings from binding up.
            This guitar WILL NOT stay in tune from the factory, so if you buy one...know you will have to invest in some upgraded parts to keep it in tune.
            On stage I have to tune after every single song.
            This guitar also scratches extremely easy, this is after keeping a great wax on it...the Nitrocelulose finish is just going to do that and its a trade off for tone and sustain.
            But if you play this it will not stay mint nomatter what you try to do.
            That being said the tone is incredible, nothing comes close to the tone and thats what you are looking at buying one of these for right?
            I am hoping that the improved saddles and nut file job will make this a usable guitar, if not I will just have to use it less and know I will be tuning after every song.
            ALSO Gibson cheaps out and offers nothing these days as far as case candy, only the COA and warranty card in the case...thats it!

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Gibson ES-335 Dot

            By loudmusic

            from Phoenix

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Beautiful
            • Sounds Like A 335

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Blues

              Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

              I keep reading about the tuning issues. There are so many variables that I can't help anyone, but all my Gibson guitars stay in tune, perfectly.

              As to this particular model, what can you say. It looks, sounds and feels like a 335. I have a 339 too, and although it's a nice guitar, it's different in that it doesn't "sing".

              If you have the money and know a good guitar tech then this is one of the best all round axes you can buy.

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              last one I had was a 63 sunburst model

              By rick rivets

              from NYC

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

                    I had a 1963 model that was a sort of tea burst color and was more into LP's back then. After 40 years I saw a nice flame top that I traded straight up for a relic strat from the custom shop. Nickel hardware, ABR1 bridge, 57 humbuckers and a nice meaty neck.The only thing I would change would be the color as I love the black and sunburst but considering what it really cost I shouldn't complain. I have never had any problems staying in tune and I really bend those notes so I don't know why someone would have tuning problems as MF has a great return policy. Just got a 62 strat from MF and it is awesome. Much nicer then those relic custom shop models that look like garbage for 4 times the price. Opened the case and it was dead in tune. Want a 62 tele next as soon as I pay this off. Can't beat the black 335.

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                    4.0

                    Versatile

                    By Thumpmyloins

                    from Midwest

                    About Me Experienced

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

                      Most versatile guitar out there. Yes they cost more but if you want the best you have to pay for it. Please know how to set up a guitar before ordering one on line, a guitar that does not stay in tune seldom needs new tuners. If you get one that needs work send it back and get one you like, why bring it to a shop and pay to have it fixed then complain about it when you have the best return policy out there with Musicians Friend? You can't expect a guitar to be perfect when ordering it online. You shoulden't be buying a 3%%% axe if you can't fix it yourself imo. Best Gibby money can buy and shoulden't need anything else.

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                      5.0

                      Best guitar I've ever owned!

                      By Jace1899

                      from Wichita, Ks

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts
                        • School Bands
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

                        What a beautiful instrument! My 335 is the most solid one I've played in my 20 years as a musician. I've played a few dodgy Gibsons in the past but they're producing the best quality instruments that they've made since I've been a player. The sound is amazing! It has a nice smooth rich tone but not too dark. I did however replace the neck pick up with a Duncan antiquity. I just personally prefer a brighter, sweeter tone in the neck. Another thing. The smell! I look forward to cracking open my case just so I can smell the maple wafting out. This guitar gives me the warm fuzzies every time it's in my hands :-)

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